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Tests Negative in Pentagon Anthrax Scare

Tests on Military Mail Facilities in Washington Come Back Negative for Anthrax, Officials Say. An apparent mix-up at a military laboratory is being blamed for the scare that closed three area mail facilities that handle Pentagon-bound mail, and prompted nearly 900 workers to receive antibiotics. The two-day scare that recalled the fatal bioterrorism attacks of 2001 turned out to be a false alarm after definitive tests at two facilities came back negative Tuesday for the deadly spores. Officials believe the confusion stemmed from a mistake at a Defense Department laboratory at Fort Detrick, Md. Officials there apparently mixed up a sample of actual anthrax that is kept on hand for comparison purposes with the sample taken from a Pentagon mailroom, a senior administration official said. Full Story

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